Chloé Zhao, the director of the drama film Nomadland, became the first Asian woman to win an award for Best Director at the Golden Globes.
Born and raised in Beijing, Zhao is the second woman to win the award. Barbra Streisand was previously the only woman to have won Best Director for the 1984 musical romance Yentl.
Streisand took to Twitter to congratulate Zhao on her historic win: “It’s about time! Congratulations Chloé! Well deserved!”
Her win was celebrated by many around the world on social media. Users praised Zhao for her unforgettable moment at the Golden Globes:
During a virtual press room, Zhao got candid about her historic win. “Sometimes a first feels like a long time coming,” she said. “I’m sure there are many others before me that deserve the same recognition. I just love what I do, I just really love it. If this means more people like me get to live their dream and get to do what I do, I’m happy.”
Nomadland centers around a woman named Fern who loses everything in the Great Recession. She embarks on a journey through the American West as a modern-day nomad in a van.